The Boston College football game against UMass seemed early on like it might be uncomfortably close, but in the end, it was the Eagles who prevailed.
Boston College at UMass final score: On Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, in the 2014 season opener for Eagles football, Boston College defeated UMass, 30-7. The Eagles now make it back-to-back seasons under Steve Addazio in which they have started 1-0.
With great anticipation, the Eagles took to the field at Gillette, surrounded by a favorable crowd of Superfans. In the early going, Tyler Murphy, Myles Willis, and Tyler Rouse looked good with the running game, making the transition from Andre Williams to the new guys look doable. The problem was that the Eagles had difficulty scoring.
Boston College went for it early in the game on 4th down, but did not convert. The Eagles would later add two field goals before the end of the first half, with some long Boston College drives stalling out deep in UMass territory. New Boston College kicker Alex Howell missed a field goal kick at the end of regulation; Joey Launceford was 2-for-2.
The Eagles looked like a new team in the second half, outscoring UMass 24-7 after halftime — their only real blemish was a long 77-yard touchdown given up to Tajae Sharpe in the third quarter.
Boston College at UMass Final Score: Run Game Again Dominant
Boston College’s run game was again the star of the show for the Eagles in this Steve Addazio offense. There were six ball carriers for the Eagles, and Tyler Murphy led them all with 118 rushing yards. Tyler Rouse had 87, Myles Willis gained 57, Jon Hilliman had 43, Sherm Alston totaled 30, and Marcus Outlow had 3; Boston College came up with a grand total of 338 rushing yards en route to a total of 511 yards. UMass barely broke 200 (202).
The Eagles crushed UMass in time of possession, holding the ball for over 42 minutes in what truly was a dominant performance, even though it did not resemble one in the first half.
Boston College at UMass Final Score: Bottom Line & Next Opponent
They have played better games, but ultimately, the Eagles took care of business without too much of a struggle (unlike some of their ACC companions). It was not a perfect effort by any stretch, but the Eagles looked like the better team and also played like it. UMass had great trouble moving the ball and the Eagles stayed the course, making beneficial adjustments in the second half and figuring things out.
With Boston College at UMass in the books, the Eagles return to the field on Friday night for their home opener against Pittsburgh.